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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
October 18, 2020
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"Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s,
and to God the things that are God’s'" (Matthew 22:21)
Today's worship texts

When the Pharisees try to trap Jesus, he tells them to give the emperor what belongs to him and to God what belongs to God. To gather for worship reminds us that our ultimate allegiance is to God rather than to any earthly authority. Created in the image of God, we offer our entire selves in the service of God and for the sake of the world.

Prayer of the Day

Sovereign God, raise your throne in our hearts. Created by you, let us live in your image; created for you, let us act for your glory; redeemed by you, let us give you what is yours, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


First Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Most likely this letter is the first written by Paul. Paul gives pastoral encouragement and reassurances to new Christians living in an antagonistic environment. Their commitment of faith, love, and hope makes them a model for other new Christian communities.

1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, 
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 
Grace to you and peace.

2We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. 9For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:15-22

After Jesus begins teaching in the temple, religious leaders try to trap him with questions. First they ask if God’s people should pay taxes to an earthly tyrant like Caesar.

15Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap [Jesus] in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
Monday Youth Classes

4:30-5:00 pm Junior Confirmation (Grade 5 and below)

5:00 - 5:30 pm Confirmation (Grade 6 and up)
Tuesday Book Study,
7 - 8 pm

Use the Sunday worship zoom link to access.

Here's our new book: Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans 
Wednesday Zoom 
Fellowship Time,
1 - 2 pm

Use the Sunday worship zoom link to access.
All Saints Sunday is November 1st.

Since our worship is online this year, we can be creative in how we mark this important feast day. Send me a picture of a loved one who has died (spouse, child, friend, grandparent, parent, relative) - and not just those who have died in the last year.

TODAY is the deadline for your pictures.
Communion Consecration on Sunday, October 25

Holy Communion will be consecrated during worship on Sunday, October 25th, packed in to-go bags for each family, and then shared together during worship on Sunday, November 1st

Let us know that you wish to receive communion this month by signing up here:COMMUNION SIGN UP or by calling the church office.
Join us for a root beer in honour of Reformation Sunday next week.
(Here is a classic photo of our root beer floats from 2017).

We will gather in the church parking lot to share a root beer and sing "A Mighty Fortress" at 11:30 am on October 25th.
For children (and the young at heart)

Here is this week's children's bulletin and a colouring page for old and young alike. Use the pages with your children and grandchildren (or for yourself!)

Children's Bulletin

Colouring Page
Ways to live out "Going in peace."

1. Fill up the food bank cart.

Most needed items:

Oats (Oatmeal)
Diapers Size 5 & 6

Hygiene Items -
Shampoo & Body Wash

2. Campus Ministry

We normally collect loose change for campus ministry but you can still give to support this important ministry throughout our Synod (including at Medicine Hat College). Include your gift with your offering this month, just mark it as a special offering on your offering envelope or in the comments on your e-transfer.
Thank you for your offering!
Your continuing generosity at this time is greatly appreciated!

Our offering for September was $8,365 (our budget is $8,750).

You can give by joining PAR (your offering is debited automatically on the 20th of each month);

by  e-transfer, using the church's email
(it's an automatic deposit without a security question)

by mail or by dropping it off at the church
599 - 12 Street NW, T1A 6R3
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